Grid Game: Using a 5x5 grid with all words randomly placed, students seek to connect adjacent pairs or compose analogies, which must be voted as valid by other teams. in teams 

"Categories": I post a heading such as "Friends and enemies" and they see how many words connect to this idea. I usually expect about 4-6 and they generally find good connections for 12 or more.   

Word ConnectionsHand motions: They silently act out a meaning with "hand puppets" (their own empty hands). This leads to some connections as gestures are similar despite different contexts.

Number Line: For words with similar meanings, we make a greater/less than chart by plotting words on a  continuum. For example, Aloft, Bouyant, Burrow, Submerge, etc. placed relative to distance from ground level.

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WordMasters Challenge

The WordMasters Challenge™ is a vocabulary-based competition that focuses on completing analogies. Over the course of the competition, students will develop verbal reasoning abilities and higher-order thinking skills, improve logic and reading comprehension, and acquire a life-long love for learning! 


Analogies 101

Prepare your students for the WordMasters Challenge™ with Analogies 101! Each of our eleven sets contains thirty analogies that introduce students to various forms of analogical reasoning. Using basic vocabulary to illustrate different analogy formats, each Analogies 101 set is suitable for use by all grade levels!

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